The Federal

Celebrating 15 Years In Durham’s Historic Brightleaf District

The Federal first opened in March of 2004, after three guys got together and saw a need for a solid neighborhood bar that celebrated Durham. But not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations. And with this good food came good beer – 14 micros from around the country and a solid bottle selection.

4/17 Dinner

Italian Speck & Melon

Smoked Prosciutto, Honeydew, Cantaloupe,

Scallions, Toasted Almonds $9


Baked Goat Cheese & Nettles

Spanish Sofrito, Charred Scallion, Crostini $9


Salami Panini

Italian Salami, Pickled Red Onion, Tomato,

Arugula, Dijon, Havariti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Smoked Salmon Tacos (3)

Pickled Fiddlehead Ferns, Shaved Radish,

Fried Leeks, Avocado Crèma on Corn Tortillas $12


Rabbit Empanada

Rabbit Loin, Apples, Pecans, Shallots, Manchego,

Smoked Tomato Aioli, Banana Pepper Relish, Fennel $12


Soft-shell Crab

Fried Peanut Crusted Soft-shell Crab,

Pepper & Cabbage Slaw, Hoecake, Creole Tartar Sauce $16


Fried Wellington

Filet Migon, Speck, Truffle & Shiitake Duxelles, French Dijon,

Red Dragon Creamed Mustard Greens, Sundried Tomato Chutney $26